Kitimat COVID-19 cases remain low compared to nearby jurisdictions

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There were five new COVID-19 cases in the Kitimat area between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, according to the latest data published by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). That’s one more case than the week before. There are four more cases in the Northern Health region with missing address information.

The Kitimat local health area (LHA), has average daily rate of 5.1 to 10 cases per 100,000 people. That is in contrast to most of Kitimat’s neigboring LHAs. Burns Lake, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and Bella Coola Valley all have greater than 20 cases per 100,000 people. Terrace saw 67 new cases from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, and it is one of the most affected jurisdictions in B.C.

There have been no recent school exposures in Kitimat. There was a COVID-19 exposure notice issued for local flight from Northwest Regional Airport to Vancouver on Feb. 1. Rows 6 - 12 of Air Canada flight number 8239, according to the BCCDC’s list of flight exposures.

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News